Food and Drug Administration News

Date Posted
Article Title
4/17/2017
New Bowel Disorder Treatments Needed, FDA Says

For now, no cure exists for irritable bowel syndrome

4/13/2017
Could a Clinical Trial Help Your Child?

FDA outlines what to ask before enrollment

4/12/2017
FDA Warns Against Bogus Autism 'Cures'

Unproven therapies won't help and could be harmful, agency says

4/12/2017
1st Drug for Tardive Dyskinesia Approved

Condition characterized by involuntary movement of the jaw, lips and tongue

4/7/2017
FDA Approves Hep C Drugs for Kids 12 and Older

Previously allowed only for adults

4/7/2017
U.S. Blood Supply Safe From Zika Virus, Officials Say

They detail steps being taken to protect people who need transfusions

4/6/2017
FDA Approves 1st Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Risk Tests

They screen for gene variants linked to 10 diseases and conditions

4/6/2017
FDA OKs 1st At-Home Genetic Tests for 10 Disorders

Saliva analysis can indicate higher risk of Parkinson's disease, among others, agency says

4/6/2017
'Right-to-Try' Laws: A Patient's Best Last Chance or False Hope?

Proposal would allow the gravely ill access to experimental therapies that may or may not work

3/29/2017
Ocrevus Approved to Treat Severe Form of Multiple Sclerosis

First drug sanctioned in U.S. for primary progressive MS

3/29/2017
FDA-OK'd Drug Offers Hope to Sickest MS Patients

It's also effective against the most common form of the disease, researchers say

3/28/2017
Dupixent Approved to Treat Eczema

When topical medication doesn't work

3/28/2017
New Eczema Drug Gets FDA's Blessing

Injections may ease itchiness, redness in patients who don't get relief with topical creams, agency says

3/28/2017
Zejula Approved for Certain Female Cancers

Drug may help fight tumors affecting the ovaries, fallopian tubes or abdominal wall

3/23/2017
Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer

First sanctioned treatment in U.S. for aggressive tumor

3/22/2017
New Parkinson's Drug Xadago Approved

To help prevent 'off' episodes among users of levodopa/carbidopa

3/22/2017
FDA OKs Parkinson's Add-On Drug

Xadago is taken during 'off' periods when symptoms escalate

3/6/2017
Noctiva Approved for Frequent Urination at Night

For adults who awaken to urinate at least twice nightly

3/3/2017
FDA Throws Cold Water on Whole Body Cryotherapy

Exposure to ultra-low temperatures shows no benefits and may be dangerous, agency warns

3/3/2017
Don't Believe Everything You Read on Skin-Care Product Labels

Terms like 'hypoallergenic' and 'fragrance-free' may not mean what you think they do, doctor says

3/2/2017
FDA Approves New Treatment for Dust Mite Allergies

Odactra is a year-round treatment for reactions to the tiny bugs that share your home

3/1/2017
Xermelo Approved for Tumor-Related Diarrhea

Drug will treat a condition called carcinoid syndrome diarrhea

2/16/2017
Siliq Approved for Plaque Psoriasis

Injected drug is for use by patients who've failed other treatments

2/16/2017
FDA Approves Injectable Psoriasis Drug for Tough Cases

But Siliq poses increased risk of suicidal behavior, agency warns

2/13/2017
FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

Some devices are over-inflating, and some have been linked to pancreas inflammation, agency says

2/10/2017
Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary

Surgeon from Atlanta is outspoken critic of Affordable Care Act

2/9/2017
Emflaza Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

First U.S. approval of corticosteroid to treat the disorder

2/6/2017
Newborn Screening Tests Approved

The screens are used to detect four rare metabolic disorders

1/20/2017
Trulance Approved for Chronic Constipation

Drug designed to stimulate upper gastrointestinal tract

1/18/2017
FDA Offers Guidance on Fish Intake for Kids, Pregnant Women

Agency recommends 2-3 servings of 'best choices' weekly

1/3/2017
FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

Agency announces 2-day meeting on the safety risks of the lithium batteries that power the devices

12/23/2016
FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics

Agency notes most products already below recommended level

12/22/2016
New MS Drug Shows 'Breakthrough' Promise for Advanced Disease

Specialist hopes ocrelizumab will be available by spring

12/20/2016
FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

Dexcom G5 is first continuous glucose monitoring system that can be used for treatment decisions

12/19/2016
Ovarian Cancer Drug Given Fast-Track Approval

Rubraca's use is specific to women with a mutation of the BRCA gene, FDA said

12/14/2016
FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

A long time under or repeated episodes of sedation may pose risk to developing brains, agency says

12/14/2016
Knee Cartilage Product Approved to Repair Defects

Tissue is derived from patient's own knee

12/12/2016
What You Need to Know When Prescribed an Opioid Painkiller

Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a substance abuse problem

12/7/2016
FDA Eases Up on Hearing Aid Rules

Devices should be easier to obtain, less expensive under new guidelines

11/18/2016
FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control

A drawback to one form is that it isn't effective until 3 months after placement

11/17/2016
Intrarosa Approved for Post-Menopausal Pain During Sex

Drug contained in a once-daily insert

11/7/2016
Flavored E-Cigarettes May Entice Teens to Smoke: Study

Nearly 2 of 3 young people using e-cigs load them with flavors such as bubble gum or gummy bear

10/28/2016
Device Approved to Prevent Second Strokes in Certain Heart Patients

It's for people who had prior stroke related to a hole in the heart

10/19/2016
New Treatment Approved for Soft-Tissue Cancers

Malignancies that develop in muscles, fat, tendons and blood vessels

10/4/2016
FDA Sued Over Delay on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Lawsuit says agency's decision is more than 4 years overdue

9/28/2016
'Artificial Pancreas' Approved for Type 1 Diabetes

An automated delivery device for insulin

9/28/2016
FDA Approves 1st 'Artificial Pancreas' for Type 1 Diabetes

Automated insulin delivery system will ease some of the burden of living with the condition

9/28/2016
FDA Asks Public: What Is 'Healthy Food'?

Agency seeks input from Americans on defining what is considered nutritious

9/28/2016
Food Flavors May Come From Surprising Sources

If you're looking for real, rather than artificial, tastes, be sure to check food labels

9/28/2016
FDA's Cancer-Drug Reviewers Often Join Industry Later: Study

Analysis raises concerns about regulators' ability to serve the public interest, researchers suggest